Some Assembly Required


Date: July 23-27, 2012
Inspiration: Prairie church ‘flight’ from Alberta to Canada’s Museum of Civilization
Highlights: Afternoon trip to St. Onuphrius Church in Canada’s Museum of Civilization; MEGABloks church architectural reconstruction; painting poppies on canvas; making a Byzantine icon of St. Nicholas; embroidering a rushnyk; baking bread birds

Held from July 23-27, 2012 in Ottawa Canada, “Some Assembly Required” tells the story of St. Onuphrius Church.  A church that flew from the Alberta prairies to the halls of Canada’s Museum of Civilization.  Imagined and voiced by the Church, an original Pokrova poem describes the feeling of being disassembled and rebuilt in another home.

In 2012, Pokrova Camp visited the Museum of Civilization to experience a working prairie church – St. Onuphrius. Guided by Radomir Bilash, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress’s National Historian, and a key player transferring St. Onuphrius from Alberta to Quebec, the children saw and felt the vibrancy of the church’s history and importance to Canada.

Building a scale model using MEGA Bloks, creating acrylic canvas paintings to reflect its flight, making vests from vintage linen, and writing individual Byzantine icons to commemorate the artistry of the Church gave campers a view on how buildings can, and should be, living things.

40 children from North America drew, wrote, played, created, sang and danced to celebrate the cross-Canada flight of St. Onuphrius Church to its hew home in Gatineau, Quebec.

Pokrova Camp’s Honourary patron was the Ambassador of Ukraine to Canada, Vadym Prystaiko.